Gerrard: Fourth still achievable

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Steven Gerrard has not given up hope of Liverpool securing a passage into next season's Champions League with a fourth-placed finish this term.

The Reds face the very real prospect of missing out on premier European competition for the third consecutive season, and currently find themselves in seventh place - 10 points outside the top four of the Premier League.

Liverpool have already qualified for the Europa League by virtue of winning the Carling Cup, but are desperate to dine at European football's top table once more.

It will certainly be a stern test for Kenny Dalglish's side, with time running out to overturn the current points deficit.

But Gerrard is taking inspiration from Arsenal's recent resurgence and ascent in the league and hopes that, come May, Liverpool can prove wrong anyone doubting their credentials.

"A few weeks ago, people were writing off Arsenal's season, but their recent performances show how foolish that is. That's what we need to do now," Gerrard told the Daily Mirror.

"We still have plenty of points to play for in the league, but it means we can't afford to drop too many more points between now and the middle of May if we want to get back into the top four.

"Competition for the [fourth] Champions League spot is very tough, but we still have to play most of the teams around us, and defeating those sides will still play a major part in deciding where we finish."

Liverpool travel to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, before meeting Everton the following Tuesday in the rearranged Merseyside derby.

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